Talk:Daniel Daly

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There was an article called Daniel "Dan" Daly in addition to this one (Daniel Daly). I felt that Daniel Daly was the better name, merged the other article with this one, and created a redirect to here. — Knowledge Seeker দ (talk) 04:34, 23 Jan 2005 (UTC)


The quote "Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?" attributed to Daniel Daly in the article is also attributed to Smedley Butler in the same battle of Belleau Wood. (See article on Smedley Butler.) Like Daly, Butler was also awarded two medals of honor, one of which was for heroism during the same WWI fighting. A google search on the issue appears inconclusive, so someone with better military history resources than I should investigate and reconcile the two articles. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 12:31, 1 August 2006

I don't think Butler saw combat in WWI, did he? He was overseas, but in the rear. So I think not Butler. --Purpleslog 07:27, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

  • This comes from this website, "Dan Daly is perhaps best remembered for a famous battle cry delivered during the desperate fighting in Belleau Wood in June 1918. Marines took a terrific pounding on the outskirts of Lucy le Bocage ("Lucy Birdcage" to the A.E.F.) at the fringe of Belleau Wood. They were outnumbered, outgunned and pinned down. Then Daly made history. He ordered an attack. Leaping forward, he yelled to his tired men, "Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?" I'll check on Gen. Butler's article and make the appropriate corrections. Sallicio (talk) 05:54, 3 February 2008 (UTC)Sallicio

Recommended for a 3rd Medal of Honor? no[edit]

Was visiting the USMC museum in Quantico yesterday, one of the retired Marines working as a guide there said that for his actions at Bellau Woods he was actually recommended for a 3rd Medal of Honor, but when someone up the chain of command saw it he stated that "I don't care what he's done, nobody deserves 3 Medals of Honor", and subsequently he was awarded the Navy Cross. While I realize it may be a bit difficult to prove, can anyone else substantiate this story at all? (talk) 06:45, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

That is only half true. Daly was recommended for his third MOH for his actions at Vera Cruz in 1914, and it was still under consideration when he was on his way to France in 1918. On the trip over he finally recieved his second MOH for his actions at Haiti. He was again recommeded for a third MOH for his actions during the battle of Belleau Wood. This involved saving a ammunitions dump from exploding, single handedly attacking german machine gun nests and capturing the survivors, as well as rescuing fallen marines and soldiers left in no mans land during the fight. There is more detail to the story, but his actions certainly deserved the MOH. As a side note, the article is incorrect in his unit, he was with the 6th marines, not the 5th, in Europe. I realize posting this maybe a conflict of interest, but I have been called the leading expert on Dan Daly by the Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly Association of New York, and am the resident historian for the organization. If you would like more detail, I have written the only book on the career of Dan Daly which is available online at multiple locations. Stephen Scott —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:30, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

Wear of Foreign Awards by US Marines[edit]

I question whether the statement, "; Médaille militaire; Croix de guerre with Palm; and the Fourragère (the last three awards are from the French government; only the Croix de guerre is authorized for wear by US personnel)," is correct. Based on the current USMC uniform regulation US Marines that have been awarded a French fourragere are indeed authorized to wear that distinction. I could not find anything specifically relating to the Medaille Militaire; however, it could be worn if it was authorized for acceptance and wear by the US government. -- PushkinsBarber —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:35, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

  • If you can verify that the current information is incorrect, please go ahead and correct it. If you can provide a citation, even better! Artoro (talk) 19:10, 8 July 2010 (UTC)
  • The statement regarding these awards is very much correct and his receipt of them has been well documented in numerous sources about Sgt Major Daly. You must keep in mind that during this era, the turn of the 20th century through World War 1, the wear of foreign and even civilian medals, such as membership medals for fraternal organizations, was quite common and not regulated like today.

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Yo[edit] wanna see an article that deserves to be a GA? I got one for you. GMGtalk 01:45, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Interesting. Could you hop on IRC so we can talk? Vermont (talk) 01:53, 5 June 2018 (UTC)